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EC publishes 15 recommendations for an increased uptake of bio-based products in public procurement

On 12 April 2016, the Public Procurement Working Group of the European Commission’s Expert Group for Bio-based Products published 15 recommendations for an increased uptake of bio-based products in public procurement programs. The report, launched at the BioEconomyUtrecht2016 stakeholder conference, states that benefits are reciprocal. Peter Schintlmeister, Life Science Expert at the...
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Proof-of-principle that Syngas platform can be integrated to produce commodity chemicals

Synthesis gas (Syngas), a mixture of CO, H 2 , and CO 2 , is a promising renewable feedstock for bio-based production of organic chemicals. Production of medium-chain fatty acids can be performed via chain elongation, utilizing acetate and ethanol as main substrates. Acetate and ethanol are main products of syngas fermentation by acetogens. Therefore, syngas can be indirectly used as a...
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Non-smoking Tobacco can be The Supper Renewable Feedstock for the Green Chemistry Industry

The market for tobacco has dropped down in the last decades due to reduction of smokers. This fact made that the number of farmers growing tobacco in USA, where this crop is indigenous, has shrank. This trend can now change because the emergence of new tobacco variety that opens a new market for tobacco growers. Tyton Biofuels developed a new variety of tobacco not suitable for...
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CMBNet launches call for Open Innovation Meeting Grants

The Crossing Biological Memmbranes Network ( CMBNet ) , a BBSRC funded network in Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), has g rants available to assist industrial members in hosting an event to help solve their industrial biotechnology challenges Their Open Innovation Meeting Grants allow industrial CBMNet members to engage with selected members of CBMNet, in the form of a...
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Results of Public Consultation about EU Policy for the emerging Bioeconomy

BioSTEP  is an EU-funded project that aims to promote a participative governance of the European bioeconomy through engagemnt of stakeholders and citizens.   BioSTEP carried out a stakeholder consutation to provide insights on existing (policy) challenges related to the bioeconomy and potential (policy) measures to adress them. This consultation includes views of 180...
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FoodWasteNet opens call for Business Interaction Vouchers

FoodWasteNet , a BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy (NIBB), has announced that its  fourth call for  Business Interaction Vouchers is now open. Closing date for applications: 16 May 2016 (noon).   Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) encourage and support short collaborative projects between academic partners and industrial...
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OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE YOUR IB COMPANY’S VIDEO AT EFIB 2016

The organisers of this year’s European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) conference are collecting video footage that can be played in the exhibition hall. In particular they would like to promote IB sites that are too far away to visit. If you have an interesting video highlighting your business/site, send an email to Synden Grieve at Scottish Enterprise – ...
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A novel cell factory for cost-effective production of ethanol from dairy waste

Biotechnology for Biofuels published a new bio-process that optimises the production of ethanol from dairy industry waste. This process has minimized the bio-process to one single step by re-engineering   Lactococcus lactis strain. In using a cell factory system strategy the researchers reduced the cost of the production of ethanol from whey permeate making this new bio-process...
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A stepping-stone for Circular Economy & Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution

Poly(ethylene terephthalate) – PET -  is used extensively worldwide in plastic products: Because it’s difficult to degrade it is the major contaminant in many ecosystems. One approach to solve this problem is the synthesis of degradable products from renewable resource. However, this approach provides solutions for the feature. A recent publication in Science by Japanese researchers...
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EC launches 24 European Strategic Cluster Partnership to boost SME internationalisation.

The partnerships include 15 projects co-funded by the European Commission, resulting from the call ‘Cluster Go International’, and 9 additional ‘voluntary’ partnerships that were on the reserve list of the call and have accepted to keep working on the joint cooperation agenda without direct co-funding from the Commission. These partnerships were awarded the label of ‘European Strategic...
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Scotland-based CelluComp secures £3.7 Million Financing

Press Release provided by Cellucomp 10 March 2016 Burntisland, Scotland, March 10th 2016. CelluComp, a sustainable materials company, announces the closing of a £3.7 Million funding round. The funding was lead by FPCI CapAgro Innovation, with follow-on investments from Sofinnova Partners, and Scottish Enterprise through its investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), as well as a...
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Cost-effective fuel production: Integrated process for Gas-to-liquid fuels.

MIT researches have examined gaseous substrates that could be made available at low cost and sufficiently large scale for industrial fuel production. To make it feasible they introduced a new bioconversion scheme that effectively converts syngas, generated from gasification of coal, natural gas, or biomass, into lipids that can be used for biodiesel production. The strategy used is an...
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Eco-efficient Process to Obtain Bioethanol from Potato Waste.

Biotechnology for Biofuels published a feasibility study to produce bioethanol from sweet potato residues (SPR) using enzymatic hydrolysis that has a large potential of being adopted by industry. China is the largest sweet potato producer and exporter in the world, with more than 71 million tons of sweet potatoes being produced each year. SPRs separated after extracting starch account...
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One-step fermentative production of PLGA from non-food renewable resources by engineered bacteria

Poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) has attracted considerable interest as a  base material for biomedical applications due to its: (i) biocompatibility; (ii) tailored  biodegradation rate (depending on the molecular weight and copolymer ratio);  (iii) approval for clinical use in humans by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA);  (iv) potential to modify...
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Bioeconomy is a significant driving force in EU: it turns over 2 trillions € and provides 18 millions jobs.

The first macro-economic study commissioned by the Bio-based Industry Consortium using Eurostat data of 2013 shows: The turnover of the total bioeconomy is 2.1 trillion EUR. About  50%  of this is accounted for by  the food and beverages sector , almost a quarter of the turnover is created by the primary sectors (agriculture and forestry), while the other quarter is...
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Improving Biorefineries Efficiency with Bubbles

A team of researchers from Japan's Tohoku University has developed a new method for the pre- treatment of biomass that could lead to more efficient production of biofuels and biochemicals. The new method involves crushing the leaves and stalks of maize plants and placing the resulting powder in a solution of sodium percarbonate (SP). The product is then passed through a "hydrodynamic...
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Reducing Risk of Failure in New Product Development

The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) at the IfM has just published a new Practice Guide:  'Reducing the risk of failure in new product development: getting it right at the front end of innovation'. It provides insights and guidance for everyone involved in the innovation process so that they can avoid common pitfalls and improve their innovation pipelines. See it at ...
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Grow your bricks: Biocement the green alternative to traditional masonry.

The manufacture of concrete, one of the most energy intensive materials, uses limestone shale converted into Portland cement through high-heat processes. Both concrete and clay manufacturing include energy intensive processes for raw material extraction, transportation, and fuel sources for heating kilns. 40% of global CO 2 emissions are linked to the construction industry. An innovative...
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Free NIBB sponsored IB Skills conference & workshop ‘for early career people’, 18-19 May 2016, Manchester

A group of BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) are holding a  Career Development Workshop for Early Career NIBB Members on 18-19 May 2016 in Manchester. The participating NIBB are offering free places to postdocs and PhD students, space permitting.  This event is also  an opportunity for industry partners to access the emerging...
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Resource Matching workshop - Industrial Symbiosis in N. Ireland, 15 March, Magherafelt

International Synergies are hosting a Resource Matching workshop to help Northern Ireland businesses work together to reduce costs. Industrial Symbiosis is a way for businesses to see their waste as a potential resource for other businesses, and a way to find raw materials from other businesses' waste. This event will provide businesses with the opportunity to: ...
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Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the year 2016”: Top 6 candidates nominated!

For the ninth year in a row, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" will be awarded to the young, innovative bio-based material industry, finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The competition focuses on new developments in these areas, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2015 or 2016. This year, six bio-based materials and products...
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REPORT_ Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives

In 2015 the production of second-generation biofuels became successful at commercial scale. Developing countries now face a new set of market opportunities and policy dilemmas to enhance their usage of biomass, which can now be transformed into more valuable products. United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) published this report that focuses on how these market...
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Clariant and Werner & Mertz collaborate to expand possible applications of bioethanol.

This is the first time that bioethanol produced from agricultural residues is being used in cleaning agents. This project is combines Clariant’s sunlight ® technology with Werner & Merz experience in cleaning agents. It uses second-generation bioethanol produced from local agricultural residues without competing with food residues. Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner Orange has...
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Versalis and Genomatica Produce Bio-Rubber With Bio-Butadiene From Sugars

Versalis (Eni), a European producer in the polymers and elastomers industry, and Genomatica, a leader in bioengineering solutions, have successfully advanced to pilot-scale production of bio-butadiene (bio-BDE) from fully renewable feedstock. Versalis used this bio-BDE to make bio-rubber, specifically, bio-polybutadiene (bio-BR). These accomplishments represent a remarkable milestone for the...
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IB workshops organised by BBSRC NIBB 'Metals In Biology' kick-start academia-industry collaborations

A key aim of the Metals in Biology network, one of thirteen BBSRC-funded Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy, is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to work together more effectively. With this remit, the network recently funded two workshops. Yiu can read a full write-up here .
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